December 17, 1997 |
Tony Haywood got his start in business because of a lemon. His car broke down so often that he became expert at fixing it, especially his engine's turbocharger. After working in Los Angeles County's heavy-equipment maintenance department, he eventually decided to open his own shop selling rebuilt turbochargers. These days, national and international mail-order customers make up about 80% of Haywood's business, much of it generated by his Web site (http://www.a1turbo.com).
June 29, 1999 |
Los Angeles County is home to more women-owned businesses than any other metro area in the country, and those firms employ more than 1 million workers locally. Those are among the findings of a study to be released today that shows that employment and revenue growth in the nation's women-owned firms continues to outpace the overall economy. Nationwide there are now more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses, employing a total of 15.5 million workers and generating sales topping $2.1 trillion.
April 19, 1996 |
The sun was shining. The street musicians were playing. And Joe Avitua was brushing dust from the rough orange skins of tangerines. He picked up each one in the bin, gave it a practiced swipe and placed it in the front of the box--all the better to lure customers to his stall at the Long Beach Farmers' Market. On this warm spring day, food vendors hawked their wares and a string of jewelry and handicraft booths lined the cobblestoned downtown walkway.
July 22, 1997 |
After 35 years, Jim's Office Center is reluctantly going out of business, unable to staunch a steady defection of clients to the Staples and Office Depot stores that opened within a half-mile of the retailer. Business slowed, then trickled to a near standstill, when the two industry giants landed in the neighborhood in 1988 and 1991, respectively.
March 10, 1999 |
Bill Gates can rest easy. His business empire is safe for now from Torrance start-up NonTech Computers, despite the owner's early hopes to quickly join Gates in the pantheon of household names. Craig Burdick is having a hard enough time mastering business basics as his computer sales and repair company hits the three-year mark this month. Sales jumped 35% to $270,000 last year, a reflection of Burdick's technical and people skills.
September 15, 1999 |
An overwhelming majority of small companies in Los Angeles County are enjoying brisk business, but minority-owned firms generally are lagging their white counterparts and harbor deeper concerns about what lies ahead, according to a new survey by the Los Angeles Times Poll. Nearly three-quarters of all small-business owners polled countywide described conditions at their companies as "robust," affirming the region's broad economic recovery.
August 17, 1993 |
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan ran on a strong pro-business platform in last spring's election. The Times asked a group of executives and small-business owners in the Valley and Ventura County what kind of action they would like to see the new mayor take. Not surprisingly, they gave Riordan an earful about why so many companies are leaving or expanding outside of Southern California, and had suggestions about what the new mayor can do about it. They also have some ideas for Gov.
September 15, 1999 |
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which represents the interests of the nation's 1.4 million Latino businesses, is remaking itself as an economic development organization to capitalize on the corporate and political attention its constituents have captured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1996 |
It's probably as close as a person comes to being Santa Claus. "It's a great business to be in," says Nancy Roatcap, business manager of the Windmill Christmas Tree Farm in Valencia. "Everybody is always happy." For 17 years, families from throughout Southern California have come to this tree farm,r olled up their sleeves and cfhopped down a Monterey pine to shelter their gifts until Christmas morning.